TVSCN > Networks > Cancer Alliance > Cancer Alliance 2018 Conference

Cancer Alliance 2018 Conference

Perspectives of Excellence

On October 4th 2018, the Thames Valley Cancer Alliance hosted its annual conference. This year’s theme was ‘excellence in cancer care’ and the conference enjoyed presentations on this topic from a variety of speakers. They included:

  • Kris Hallenga, CEO and founder of the breast cancer charity CoppaFeel!, who spoke to the audience from a patient’s perspective about what makes for excellence in cancer care;
  • Mark Middleton, head of the Department of Oncology and the University of Oxford, whose presentation discussed the role of research in improving the quality of cancer care;
  • David Fitzgerald, National Cancer Programme Director, who gave his perspective on the national policy background to the delivery of excellence in cancer care.

Thames Valley Cancer Alliance Projects

As well as hearing from these external speakers, conference attendees also received an introduction to and update on the work currently being undertaken by the Cancer Alliance. Speakers from within the Cancer Alliance included:

  • Louise Patten, the Thames Valley Cancer Alliance Deputy Chair, who explained to the audience the Cancer Alliance’s values, vision and achievements;
  • Dr Anant Sachdev, Clinical Lead for the Quality Improvement Scheme;
  • Dr Shelley Hayles, Clinical Lead for the Vague Symptoms Pathway and Pathway Redesign at TVCA;
  • Shairoz Claridge and Kate Rawlings, the Senior Responsbile Officer and Clinical Lead respectively for the Living with and Beyond Cancer project;
  • Jon Rees, Director of Information Management and Technology at Oxford University Hospitals, who spoke on the topic of the Health Information Exchange.

Excellence through Innovation

This conference also featured a segment devoted to pursuing excellence through innovation. This comprised a presentation by Lyndel Moore of Great Western Hospitals Foundation Trust as a part of their bid to secure funding support from the Cancer Alliance. The funds on offer will support an organisation linked with the Cancer Alliance in innovating services in order to pursue quality improvement. In the case of GWH’s bid, this involved proposing a new dashboard to monitor patients’ progress along their timed treatment pathways.

The conference booklet is available by clicking here

Copies of the speakers’ bios and presentations are available by clicking here